Save Money on Pet Costs By Splitting Doses of Frontline Plus Flea Medication ($0.66 a Month w/ Generic!)

Updated for 2018. The NY Times came out with a recent article The Secret Price of Pets. (Neuticles? Cosmetic surgery?) Meanwhile, the cost of flea medication has dropped for us from $10 a month to 67 cents a month over the last decade of dog … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Will Offer Commission-Free Trades on All ETFs (Including iShares, Fidelity, Schwab, Etc)

Vanguard made a splash last week when it announced that it will offer commission-free trades on all ETFs in it brokerage accounts. Vanguard ETFs had been free to trade already. Starting in August, they will add nearly 1,800 ETFs from competitors … [Read the rest]

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Review: 60,000 Bonus Miles

(Updated. The sign-up bonus has been raised to 60,000 points, the highest ever. $89 annual fee. Details below.) The Barclaycard Arrival Plus(TM) World Elite MasterCard® is a travel rewards card with 60,000 miles sign-up bonus (worth $600 toward … [Read the rest]

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard Review: Up to 3% Back Towards Travel During First Year At $15,000 Annual Spending

(Updated. They just started waiving the annual fee for the first year. This means you can get the full 3% back towards travel for the first year when you hit $15,000 and $25,000 in annual spend.) The Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – July 2018

Here is my monthly roundup of the best safe rates available, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea of how much additional interest you'd earn if you are moving money between … [Read the rest]

CIT Bank Review: Money Market 1.85% APY, 11-Month No Penalty CD 1.85% APY, 12-Month CD 2.50% APY

Rates updated 7/4/18, added 1-year CD. CIT Bank (not to be confused with Citi Bank) is an online-only bank with a multi-year history of competitive rates. They don't offer a checking account, so they focus on savings products with high interest … [Read the rest]

Ally Bank 11-Month No Penalty CD Review: 1.85% APY for $25k+

Rates updated 7/2/18. Ally Bank raised the rate on their 11-month No Penalty CD and as well as other savings products. If you have older No-Penalty CDs, you may want to take advantage of this higher rate. Here are the new interest rates for the … [Read the rest]

Chase Bank $500 Bonus 2018 – $300 Total Checking + $200 Savings

Update with my experience. Just a quick note that I opened both the Chase Total Checking ($25) and Savings ($15,000) as directed below in March 2018. Direct deposit completed in April. $300 checking bonus received in April 2018 and $200 savings … [Read the rest]

Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card Review – 60,000 Bonus Points

Chase has launched a new Chase World of Hyatt card, which replaces their previous Hyatt co-branded card. There is a sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 Hyatt points and a $95 annual fee. Here are the highlights: Earn up to 60,000 bonus points - … [Read the rest]

Reminder: Don’t Put Too Much Employer Stock Into Your 401(k)

Every time a large corporation stumbles, you will see something along these lines: Having Too Much Employer Stock in Your 401(k) Is Dangerous. That doesn't prevent it from being solid advice. The best advice bears repeating. Why? If your … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime + Whole Foods Additional 10% Off Discounts Now Nationwide

Amazon Prime members are now able to get an additional 10% off on "hundreds" of Whole Foods sale items at locations nationwide. Look for the yellow sign below. They had been rolling this out gradually, but it is now nationwide as of 6/27/18. … [Read the rest]

US Housing Market Breakdown Chart

I don't have any clever observations to share along with it, but the WSJ Daily Shot shared an interesting breakdown of the US housing market. Occupied or Vacant, Owned or Rented, Mortgage or Not, Negative Equity or Not, Foreclosure or Not, and so … [Read the rest]